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AnnMarie's Story

I had a viral infection in 2004 and my red blood cells were only 3.7 when I was admitted to hospital. My immune system decided to attack both the virus and my red blood cells. I received 11 units of blood.

It was a Friday night of a bank holiday weekend and when I hear appeals from the blood bank for people to donate as stocks are low, I know I was extremely lucky that there was enough of the correct type of blood for me.

I owe my life to those 11 people who took 30 minutes out of their day to donate blood. I now encourage everyone that I can to donate blood. I organise for colleagues in my workplace to visit the clinic in groups during work hours. This helps those who have never donated before or are nervous. It also leaves no room for the excuse that 'I'm too busy'.

Had those 11 people used this excuse I would not be here now to tell my story. Donating Blood really does save lives. Anne-Marie

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